Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wordless Wednesday 290: Ornamental Cabbage









Photographed near where I work

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 388: Invitation to Murder

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week's teaser is from Invitation to Murder by Tim Myers, writing as Elizabeth Bright. This is a cozy mystery from 2005.



"You've got to tell her I won't stop it! She'll believe you. Please, you're the only one who can save me."


(Opening paragraph, Chapter One)







ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Cardmaking #1

Jennifer Shane's brainchild of a shop, Custom Card Creations, hasn't been all glitter and tinsel. Customers are scarce and-after finally landing a client-Jennifer hears a murder over the phone. And when she receives a threatening note, it's clear someone has designs on her life, too. Now, between holding cardmaking lessons, trying to scissor her ex-fiancé out of her life, and piecing together a murder, Jennifer has really got her work cut out for her.







Sunday, November 19, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017

Skywatch Friday 217

Morning Song: This scene made me 
think of music notes on a sheet of music


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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wordless Wednesday 289: Autumn Leaves



We haven't seen much color this year, owing
to a milder than usual Autumn.


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 387: When Books Went to War

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week's teaser comes from When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II by Molly Guptill Manning. During WWII, Germany declared war on the rest of the world, conquering about a dozen other countries in one year. It was termed a "total war" as it was not only a physical act of taking over other countries, but was also a war on ideology and free thought. Hundreds of authors were banned in Germany and millions of books destroyed. I cannot praise this book enough, and highly recommend it to those who love books, as well as those interested in WWII history.




"Were you ever so upset emotionally that you had to tell someone about it, to sit down and write it out?" a Marine asked in a letter to the author Betty Smith. "That is how I feel now," he continued.

(Introduction)


~*~*~*~*~


Even the misty drizzle that blanketed Berlin did not dampen the merriment surrounding the grand parade held on may 10, 1933. Thousands of students, proudly wearing their university colors, walked through the foggy streets by glittering torchlight as they made their way toward the Bebelplatz, the main plaza between the Friedridh Wilhelm University and the Opera House.

(Chapter One, A Phoenix Will Rise)



ABOUT THE BOOK:

When America entered World War II in 1941, we faced an enemy that had banned and burned over 100 million books and caused fearful citizens to hide or destroy many more. Outraged librarians launched a campaign to send free books to American troops and gathered 20 million hardcover donations. In 1943, the War Department and the publishing industry stepped in with an extraordinary program: 120 million small, lightweight paperbacks, for troops to carry in their pockets and their rucksacks, in every theater of war.

Comprising 1,200 different titles of every imaginable type, these Armed Services Editions were beloved by the troops and are still fondly remembered today. Soldiers read them while waiting to land at Normandy; in hellish trenches in the midst of battles in the Pacific; in field hospitals; and on long bombing flights. They wrote to the authors, many of whom responded to every letter. They helped rescue The Great Gatsby from obscurity. They made Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, into a national icon. When Books Went to War is an inspiring story for history buffs and book lovers alike.





Sunday, November 12, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

Skywatch Friday 216

Up . . .


Up . . .


And away . . .







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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 386: The Secret Adversary

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week's teaser is from one of the first mysteries written by Dame Agatha Christie, The Secret Adversary. Love the dedication of this one:


To all those who lead monotonous lives in the hope that they may experience at second hand the delights and dangers of adventure.



And here is my teaser:


From a darkness punctuated with throbbing stabs of fire, Tommy dragged his senses slowly back to life. When he at last opened his eyes, he was conscious of nothing but an excruciating pain through his temples.

(Chapter 16)










ABOUT THE BOOK:


Tommy and Tuppence, two young people short of money and restless for excitement, embark on a daring business scheme – Young Adventurers Ltd.

Their advertisement says they are ‘willing to do anything, go anywhere’. But their first assignment, for the sinister Mr Whittington, plunges them into more danger than they ever imagined…





Sunday, November 05, 2017

Random Photo: Pumpkins



Thought I'd share a couple pics from this year, seeing
as I never got round to posting any before Halloween.





Friday, November 03, 2017

Skywatch Friday 215







Bleak October Days --
Warmer than usual, but overcast


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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Wordless Wednesday 287: Still Blooming







...Or at least they were mid-October.
We've had a (mostly) milder than usual
Autumn here in Southern Wisconsin.



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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 385: The Witches

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week's teaser is from another Roald Dahl children's book, The Witches, which was banned by some libraries in England because of perceived misogyny (Dahl claims that only women are witches). Other reasons this book has been challenged include: does not teach moral values, children in it are rude and unmannerly, glorifies witchcraft and the occult, violence, derogatory to children and hurts their self-esteem, and crude language (one character is called a slut).



I myself had two separate encounters with witches before I was eight years old. From the first I escaped unharmed, but on the second occasion I was not so lucky.

(My Grandmother – Second Chapter)







ABOUT THE BOOK:

This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches.

Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There’s nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma’s stories—but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face to face with the Grand High Witch herself!





Sunday, October 29, 2017

Random Photo: Lucy

When I took a friend's dog, Lucy, outside earlier
this month . . . camera in hand . . . she sat and posed,
waiting for me to take her photo.
 





Friday, October 27, 2017

Skywatch Friday 214





Cloudy Skies, September 27, 2017
Look how little color there is!


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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 384: The Big Chili

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



My teaser this week comes from The Big Chili by Julia Buckley, aptly set around Halloween.


She swayed slightly before us, looking distressed. Her right hand flew to her forehead, he left to he abdomen. “I think that—something’s wrong.”

Then she fell like a stone, and we heard her head hit the floor.

(Chapter Two)







ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Undercover Dish Mystery #1

First in a delicious new mystery series filled with casseroles, confidences, and killers...

Lilah Drake’s Covered Dish business discreetly provides the residents of Pine Haven, Illinois, with delicious, fresh-cooked meals they can claim they cooked themselves. But when one of her clandestine concoctions is used to poison a local woman, Lilah finds herself in a pot-load of trouble…

After dreaming for years of owning her own catering company, Lilah has made a start into the food world through her Covered Dish business, covertly cooking for her neighbors who don’t have the time or skill to do so themselves, and allowing them to claim her culinary creations as their own. While her clientele is strong, their continued happiness depends on no one finding out who’s really behind the apron.

So when someone drops dead at a church Bingo night moments after eating chili that Lilah made for a client, the anonymous chef finds herself getting stirred into a cauldron of secrets, lies, and murder—and going toe to toe with a very determined and very attractive detective. To keep her clients coming back and her business under wraps, Lilah will have to chop down the list of suspects fast, because this spicy killer has acquired a taste for homicide…





Sunday, October 22, 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017

Skywatch Friday 213


Clouds moving in from the west...
but still blue looking towards the east


I inadvertently caught a bird at top left edge of this one!




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